Music is one of the most interesting aspects of human nature. It's prevalence coincides human evolution for thousands of years.
We are bombarded with music at the coffee shop, the clothing store and even the grocery store. If you're guessing that music plays a role in creating more consumer spending, you'd be correct.
So, how important is the type of music we listen to?
From the groups of African Tribes that participate in drum circles for religious and spiritual purposes, to the masses of people blaring mainstream radio stations from their cars as they sit in rush hour traffic, music is part of us.
I first learned the importance and impact of different genres of music on a person's mental and spiritual health at a young age. I recall listening to classical music in a class focused on the history of music. This is when I truly felt the significance of listening to real music.
Music shapes society
The double-edged sword is the fact that music is produced and distributed on such a large scale that it can create massive fluctuations in the mood of an entire country.
Let's look at the USA for example.
Shortly after one of the largest music awards show events aired on TV, a clip of Miley Cyrus acting promiscuous spread across every news station in the country! Not only did the dissonant music spread across the country, so did the ideas and actions associated with it.
Music can be one of the most powerful tools for creating social norms, spreading new ideas, brand marketing and simply providing music. It's up to us to seek out the music that promotes healthy brain chemistry.
Note: This video is a joke. It's an overlay of Joe Rogan's UFC commentary linked to the video.
What uplifting music can do to the brain
A study studied the relationship between music and depression. 14 people were evaluated by a psychiatrist to prove they suffered from real depression. Their brains were hooked up to an Imaging scanner. The results proved the effects that positive and negative stimuli would have the same effects on their moods.
Don't take it from me. Let's watch a beautiful clip about Dr. Oliver Sacks discussing music therapy healing the minds, souls and sanity of people in a nursing home.
Music for stress relief
In a study, music was used by patients that were about to undergo surgery. The study proved to show positive effects for both less anxiety and detachment from the surgery itself, likely resulting in faster healing times and less trauma.
Look, it doesn't take a study to tell you the stress-relief benefits of music. Think of the good (and bad) times that pop into your head when certain songs are played.
Music is one of the few elements in life that allows us to immediately transport ourselves back into the moment where the memory took place.
To guide your musical tastes
- Know that music is a series of vibrations. The brain responds to the stimuli according to the vibrations from the music. This is why you can feel angry or upset when listening to certain music.
- Positive music that is designed for harmony such as classical, jazz, easy listening, acoustic guitar and similar genres give a sense of acceptance, peace and tranquility. Try it for yourself free from judgement.
- Excessively loud and aggressive music has been a key factor in some of my personal coaching clients. They discovered that music was a crutch to get them through their work day or workout.
- Be aware that your dependency on music isn't covering up an underlying issue with your energy levels and cognitive function.
What has music done for you? What have you discovered to be the key to using music to your advantage? Comment below